Mote Aquarium - Plenty of Marine Life!
Getting our tickets, we begin the tour of this amazing aquarium with its interactive exhibits. As a private marine research facility, the focus is on research and still provides an excellent Aquarium for visitors. Admiring the numerous displays of fish, turtles, and over 100 species of marine life, it is fun identifying fish and finding them hidden under rocks. Bright colors of yellow, orange and blues makes some easy to spot while others are well camouflaged. Seahorses are intriguing and jellyfish glow in their tank floating elegantly. A volunteer points out a “huge Moray Eel”. At the touch pool, a “ray” swims by allowing us to feel its soft skin. Sharks are constantly moving at the shark tank. Following the path of manatees and turtles to a separate building we find pools of huge loggerheads and sea turtles. A volunteer introduces us to “Edgar”, a female turtle (they didn’t know it was a girl when they named it) who’s skin lacks pigmentation and can’t be exposed to the sun. In another huge tank, manatees are munching on heads of lettuce. Manatees eat hundreds of pounds of food a day spending their day between eating and sleeping. Imagine, sailors thinking the manatees were mermaids. A sign nearby asks, “Do you think the sailors had been to sea too long?” Yes, we do!
Good Aquarium with plenty to entertain children and adults. You can get up close and personal with some of the marine life, too. Wear comfy clothes, shoes, sunscreen as there is a lot of walking. Remember it is a research facility that has an Aquarium so don't expect the "fancy" aquariums of big cities.
since longboat key has no public beach access the closest beach is coquina beach on anna maria island. this beach is a short drive north from central longboat key. coquina beach is a beautiful gulf beach with plenty of free parking.
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joan durante park
in 1995 james durante bought 32 acres of bayside longboat key and established a public park in his late wife's name. this beautiful park is one of the only undevelped parts of longboat key. this 32 acre park has a nature trail and has a collection of interesting tropical and native plants. this park is also an excellent place to bird watch.
mote marine laboratory
located on the southern end of longboat key is the mote marine laboratory. this aquarium focuses more on education than entertainment. they have exhibits on southwest florida marine life and a shark and dolphin tank. for those interested in nature and marine life the mote marine laboratory is a worth while place to visit.
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new pass is a waterway separating longboat key and lido key just northwest of sarasota. this part of sarasota bay is an excellent place to salt water fish.
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Tennis Weekend photos
AND more photos from the long weekend at Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, Longboat Key.
3.5 miles from St. Armands Circle. SARASOTA FLORIDA
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